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food: hawaii eats

one of my favourite things to do when on vacation is to track down some roadside eats.  the popularity of food trucks right now warms the cockles of my heart and has absolutely made the industry explode, which i do believe is a good thing for you & me.

hawaii has had a long standing tradition of shrimp trucks.  last year we tracked down a bunch of them on oahu, but in maui they seemed to be scarce.  now, i do think this is largely in part due to the location of where were staying (the mega rich section of the island) and assume there are probably more options in the smaller surf towns… but we did manage to find a pocket of them by makena beach.

we ate at this one pictured below twice.  it was just that good.

here’s the “scampi” shrimp.  it was in a white wine & butter sauce with capers and diced tomatoes.  and garlic.  loads of garlic.  it was my favourite, hands down.

my mother, however, was partial to the cajun shrimp.  it was in a creole butter sauce and had a good hit of spice.  very tasty as well, but what can i say?  i like the classic “swimming in butter & garlic” kinda thing.

we also found a great dive restaurant in lahina that served us some yummy local treats.
my brother had an ahi poke and a coconut filled with rum.  he was pleased with his selections…

my husband went with the fish tacos.  fresh mahi mahi grilled up and served very simply on some warm flour tortillas.

i am completely unable to resist kahlua pork.  and being wheat-free now, the prevalence of rice in hawaii was a godsend for me.  my pork was served with a bbq sauce (sickly sweet – unneeded.  the pork was delicious on its own) and and the side salad came with the local dressing – papaya seed.  so yummy.

inspired by the locals, we picked up a massive ahi tuna loin and cooked it up on the bbq.
my husband & i put together a marinade of wheat-free soy sauce, lime juice, chillies & sugar.  i must say… i cooked it pretty perfectly.  and it was SO GOOD!

i wish i had taken a picture of the whole loin… it was easily 2lbs and cost us a mere $30.  bargain!  also, it was caught locally, so it was fresher than fresh.  win win!

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travel: old lahaina luau – maui

well friends… i came, i saw and i conquered.  hawaii was, as expected, an absolute delight.  maui was a whole new experience and honolulu was the same loveliness that i adore.  the differences between the two were more pronounced than expected, but both definitely have a place in my vacation plans.

i have a few blogs to post about maui in the next few days… i’m going to split up the trip into a few different events, because i have a ton of photos to share.  if you have me on faceboook or instagram, then you’ve seen some… but i’ve been purposefully holding back some pics for the blog, so it won’t be all repeats.

i’m starting with the luau.  we chose the Old Lahaina Luau for our outing, based on the feedback that it was the “most authentic” and totally not cheesy.  it absolutely delivered on all counts.  the setting was stunning, the food excellent and the service top notch.  the show was a delight, although i’ll admit to being distracted by taking photos, so i kinda missed some of the story.

this was the setting…

rough, huh?  😉
the thing about hawaii is that every little thing is exponentially more beautiful, simply because of where you are.  sunsets go from lovely to magical… the trees are things to marvel at… the colour and clarity of the water seems unreal.
it just oozes sheer beauty.
…but back to business.

so, my husband learned how to make poi…

and then we watched the delicious pig get unearthed from it’s underground oven.  okay, really, 3 pigs to feed us all – but i only took pictures of the first one, because the ridiculous aroma was killing me…

so here’s the “before” picture of the pit…

and then the fun begins!

ya, pretty magic. and let me tell you, that pig was ridiculously delicious.  so tender and smokey from cooking all day underground… i’m drooling just thinking about it.

here’s a snapshot of my plate…i really did not do this meal justice with this picture… but i was too intoxicated with free mai tai’s and the aroma of pig to care.  i just needed to dig in.

and then, the show!

i honestly can’t say enough good things about this event.  we paid around $90 each and all felt it was well worth it.  we all agreed that it was one of our favourite nights of the trip, just perfect from start to finish.  i heartily recommend this luau.